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New Haven Comic and Collectible Spectacular (November 2015)

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Convention Name
New Haven Comic & Collectible Spectacular
Convention Website Address
http://www.facebook.com/newhavenspectacular
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date
11/01/2015
About This Convention
EVENT: New Haven Comic & Collectible Spectacular

LOCATION: YMA ANNEX HALL 554 Woodward Ave., New Haven, CT 06512Welcome to The New Haven Comic & Collectible Spectacular! We will feature vendors selling new and old comics, toys, and collectible along with independent writers, artists and creators and live music by adventure rock band High Adventure and a DJ, hourly prize drawings and on-site concessions.

Currently this show will run at the Annex Y.M.A. Club in New Haven, Connecticut on November 1st, 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Right off I-95N at Exit 50, admission will be $3.50 per person and children 10 & under are free. There will be plenty of parking for all with ground floor entrance ways and handicapped parking and ramps are also on premise. Tables are currently available for artists, dealers, and fans which will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please contact the Facebook for details on vendor table costs, or please call (203)747-6122. Come dressed in your favorite costume and tell all your friends and family, we hope to truly make this once again a ‘spectacular’ event! DON’T FORGET TO TUNE IN AND

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @NHSpectacular OR ‘LIKE’ US ON FACEBOOK at: www.facebook.com/newhavespectacular.

For ATTENDING VENDORS AND ARTISTS – All tables are 8′ and there is also access to limited electrical outlets at no charge for those that need them, please inquire within.  Table prices are as follows: $50.00 per table, $90.00 = 2 tables, $125.00 = 3 tables. Additional tables will be sold at an extra $25.00 per table.

Venue Name and Address
YMA ANNEX HALL
554 Woodward Ave.
New Haven, CT 06512
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
55
Projected Attendance
500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
TBA

New Haven

Long Beach Comic Con Announces 2015 Programming

September 10, 2015 by  
Filed under California, Comic Books, Convention News, Cosplay

Long Beach 2015

Press Release:

Long Beach Comic Con Announces Highlights From Its Guest List, Full Programming Slate & Key Initiatives for September 12 & 13th, 2015

Long Beach, CA (September 2, 2015) – In advance of the seventh annual Long Beach Comic Con, MAD Event Management announced today highlights from its guest list, the full slate of programming for the convention and several major initiatives. All told, the convention will play host to more than 175 guests, 100 panels, and 300 artist alley exhibitors and more than 475 exhibitors. The convention will be held September 12th and 13th in the main exhibition hall at the Long Beach Comic Convention Center.

This year’s Long Beach Comic Con guest list is amazingly diverse with over 175 guests, including:

  • Popular TV, Film & gaming stars:
    • John Barrowman (Merlin from ARROW);
    • Chloe Bennet (Skye on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD);
    • Peter Shinkoda and Tommy Walker (Marvel’s DAREDEVIL)
    • Maitland Ward Baxter (BOY MEETS GIRL).
  • Acclaimed TV & Film writers:
    • Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (Marvel Entertainment’s AGENT CARTER);
    • Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage (Marvel’s DAREDEVIL);
    • Marc Guggenheim (ARROW);
    • Jeff King (WHITE COLLAR);
    • Man of Action’s Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle), the creators of BEN 10 and the team/characters in BIG HERO 6
  • More than 150 comic book writers and artists:
    • Legendary artist Art Adams (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY TEAM UP);
    • Kris Anka (Marvel’s CAPTAIN MARVEL)
    • Joe Casey (SEX)
    • Adam Kubert and the Joe Kubert School, making their first appearance at a Long Beach Show;
    • Joshua Hale Fialkov (THE LIFE AFTER);
    • Kyle Higgins (C.O.W.L.)
    • Joe Kelly (I KILL GIANTS)
    • Dustin Nguyen (DESCENDER);
    • David Petersen, celebrating the 10th anniversary of MOUSE GUARD;
    • Duncan Rouleau (THE GREAT UNKNOWN)
    • Stan Sakai, the legendary creator of USAGI YOJIMBO;
    • Steven T. Seagle (It’s a bird …)
    • Marc Silvestri, popular artist and CEO of Top Cow Productions;
    • STAR WARS artists Stuart and Kathryn Immonen;
    • Legendary writers Len Wein (SWAMP THING) and Marv Wolfman (NEW TEEN TITANS).
  • Cosplay fan favorites:
    • Nicole Marie Jean
    • Miss Chrissy Lynn;
    • Raychul Moore;
    • Destiny Nickelsen;
    • International Cosplayer Giada Robin;
    • Vampy Bit Me;
    • Vegas Power Girl.

“Long Beach Comic Con is a celebration of the creative arts,” said Long Beach Comic Con Executive Director and Co-Founder Martha Donato. “In addition to panels devoted to DC Entertainment, Marvel Entertainment, Aspen Comics, Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics, we have amazing, family-friendly programming dedicated to animation, tv, film and novels and exhibitors and sponsors such as Columbia Memorial Space Center, Lionsgate Films, and T-Mobile and sponsors like Bernina and Kettle.

Programming highlights include:

  • Anniversary panels for 30 Years of ROBOTECH animation and 10 years of MOUSE GUARD graphic novels;
  • Breaking Into Hollywood A conversation with Ralph Garman (BATMAN ‘66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET), Joshua Fialkov (AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION), Marc Guggenheim (ARROW) and Kyle Higgins (THE LEAGUE), moderated by Aaron Couch, LA Digital News Editor of People Magazine;
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer panel;
  • “Couples Therapy”, in which KROQ ‘s Ralph Garman talks with Hollywood power couple Tara Butters (MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD) and Marc Guggenheim (ARROW);
  • The Devastator Presents: Funny Book Fest;
  • Dwayne McDuffie Awards Announcements of nominees for the award, to be presented at Long Beach Comic Expo next spring;
  • GeekFest Film Fest, including three full length feature films, short films, web series and fan films including a “Star Wars Musical”;
  • How to Conquer the Animation World with James Ganiere (CEO at Rio Vista Universal), Dean DeBlois (writer and director of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3), Mike Morris (Animator for THE SIMPSONS), Terran Gregory (Project Director at Blizzard Entertainment) and Forrest Whaley (ForrestFire101 – Maker Studio/YouTube).
  • #PerformanceMatters. Creating your Character in Video Games. Troy Baker (BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM), Crispin Freeman (WORLD OF WARCRAFT), Phil LaMarr (MWETAL GEAR SOLID 2), Liam O’Brien (WORLD OF WARCRAFT), America Young (HALO 5) and Thom Willams (MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR)
  • Psychology of Daredevil. Join Dr. Andrea Letamendi, who has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage, writers on Netflix’s original DAREDEVIL series, and actors Tommy Walker (Francis) and Peter Shinkoda (Nobu) as they discuss the intersection of psychology and comic books, specifically focusing on the characters they write and play on DAREDEVIL.
  • A Q &A with John Barrowman;
  • Shades & Shadows Reading Series including a live show;
  • A STAR WARS panel with Brian Miller , illustrator for Topps, novelist Cecil Castellucci (STAR WARS: MOVING TARGET), and Stuart Immonen, artist for Marvel’s best selling STAR WARS comic books.
  • 2 days of #MakeComics panels devoted to teaching aspiring writers and artists how to make comics.

New initiatives and exclusives include:

  • Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

Due to generous donations and grants, 200 greater Los Angeles girls—including 100 girls from underserved communities—will take part in a program that includes meeting comic professionals, playing laser tag and attending a workshop where they can earn their Comic Book Artist and Novelist badges. This year actress Chloe Bennet, who plays Skye on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, will be presenting the girls with their Comic Artist badges.

“At the Long Beach Comic Con, middle school and high school Girl Scouts will be able to work one-on-one with professional comic book artists, writers, editors, and young adult novelists to create a comic book page from start to finish,” said Lise L. Luttgens, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles’ Chief Executive Officer. “Girl Scouts is all about giving girls access to hands-on experiences that empower them to discover and pursue their passions, and this unique collaboration with the Long Beach Comic Con is a perfect example of that.”

  • Golden Apple LBCC-Exclusive STAR WARS variant cover

Exhibitor Golden Apple Comics will sell a Long Beach Comic Con exclusive edition of STAR WARS: SHATTERED EMPIRE issue 1 with a cover by artist Phil Noto. The comic is an exclusive available through Golden Apple and GameFly. Golden Apple will be exhibiting at LBCC at booth # 1024.

  • The Hero Initiative Limited Edition Beer designed by artist Clayton Crain

The Hero Initiative, a charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in financial need, has partnered with Los Angeles brewery MacLeod Ale for a limited-edition label for The King’s Taxes Scottish Ale, designed by GHOST RIDER and CARNAGE artist Clayton Crain. The art will appear on a limited run of bottles, signed prints and commemorative glasses. Hero Initiative will host a special tasting from 6 PM to 9 PM Saturday, and have a full selection of The King’s Taxes merchandise available.

  • LifeStream Blood Bank, a not-for-profit blood bank with host a blood drive on site
  • A MAGIC: THE GATHERING tournament

CoastCardsAndCollectibles.com will host a Magic the Gathering tournament, which will include on-demand Origins Drafts and Standard Constructed as well as running Standard Constructed and Modern Main Events.  Kids(12 and under) will also have exclusive Pokemon and MtG events on both days!”

  • The Inaugural Long Beach Space Expo

The Columbia Memorial Space Center is partnering with Long Beach Comic Con for Space Expo 2015, an innovative and one-of-a-kind program that will connect comic book convention attendees directly with the world of scientific discovery. Panels will be held featuring top aerospace industry notables discussing hot button scientific topics and there will be interactive exhibits featuring robotics, 3D printing, and even a spacesuit – all curated by Columbia Memorial Space Center, the prestigious CA-based learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of science to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

“The Space Expo is an innovative way to connect the public to space and science,” said Columbia Memorial Space Center President Ben Dickow. “Instead of making people come to us, we’re taking science and technology to them with two full days of activities and speakers who are at the top of the space field. The Expo will give the public the opportunity to interact directly with NASA professionals and space explorers. We’ve put together the largest collection of JPL scientists we know of, outside of an academic conference, all ready to share their love of space with you!”

Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Con, Saturday, September 12 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, September 13 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center. The show opens to advance ticket holders both days at 9:30 AM. Tickets are available now through the website: www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

Follow Long Beach Comic Con on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information.

 

Long Beach Comic Con is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Con, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Con is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

BERNINA International AG has been one of the world’s leading sewing and embroidery machine manufacturers for more than 120 years. The Swiss family-owned company’s products are synonymous with innovation and precision. Above all, they are known for their durability. BERNINA sewing machines are used worldwide by people with a passion for sewing. BERNINA is a byword not only for excellent sewing and embroidery machines and overlockers, but also for a comprehensive range of accessories and creative software solutions. There are no limits to your creativity with BERNINA.

The Columbia Memorial Space Center, located in Downey, California, is a hands-on learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of science and innovation to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  Through world-class programs and engaging exhibits, the Space Center strives to ignite a community of critical and creative thinkers. 

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles serves more than 40,000 girls in partnership with more than 20,000 volunteers throughout the diverse communities of Los Angeles County and parts of Kern, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties. The council engages girls through programs in Leadership, Business and Financial Literacy, Outdoor Adventure, STE[A]M (science, technology, engineering, art, math), and Healthy Living. To join, volunteer, reconnect, or support, visit www.girlscoutsla.org or call 213-213-0123.

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $700,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Kettle Brand® has been making great-tasting, all-natural chips since 1982. They’re made from only the most natural, real food ingredients, finest potatoes, best oils and craft cooking methods.  That’s why they taste so great.  Plus, they’re backed by a company commitment to sustainability, which includes wind power, solar power, green building and biodiesel initiatives.  Kettle Brand® Potato Chips: simply great tasting, all-natural potato chips made by a company that cares. Learn more at www.KettleBrand.com

EXCLUSIVE: Skybound Returns to Long Beach Comic Con

Superfight

Press Release:

Skybound Returns To Long Beach Comic Con 

7th Annual Southern California Event Welcomes Back The Creators of The Walking Dead, Invincible & More!

Long Beach, CA (August 25, 2015) – Long Beach Comic Con is excited to welcome back Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment, to our 2015 event taking place September 12th and 13th at the Long Beach Convention Center. Skybound will be setting up shop among LBCC’s veritable sea of diverse geek-tastic exhibitors, bringing all the comics, collectibles, trades and exclusive items you can handle. You’ll also enjoy the opportunity to check out SUPERFIGHT, Skybound’s card game of absurd arguments.

SUPERFIGHT pits ridiculous made up characters against each other on a hypothetical battlefield. Cards are drawn to establish strengths and weaknesses, but the real game starts when players get a chance to argue with each other and express why their character would trounce their opponent, with the rest of the table deciding who wins the day and who goes back to their secret skull mountain to cry to their minions. Fans visiting Long Beach Comic Con can get their hands on the SUPERFIGHT core deck and any of its nine expansions, where the real challenge is to not get addicted!

Skybound’s comic book universes of super powered beings, supernatural creatures and ordinary people surviving in extra ordinary circumstances are a perfect fit for Long Beach Comic Con, joining exhibitors like Hero Initiative, Storm King Productions, Man of Action, The Hillywood Show, SGX Print and Comiccraft, providing fans with a convention floor full of talented people and amazing items to be discovered around every corner. Mark your calendars! September 12th is coming up quickly!

Visit http://longbeachcomiccon.com/ for the newest updates on programming, guests and more. Follow us on Twitter at @LongBeach_CC, Instagram atinstagram.com/longbeach_cc and on Facebook at facebook.com/LongBeachComicCon.

The Northeast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza Returns in December 2015

Northeast Comic Con George Perez

Press Release:

NECOMICCON Winter Show

The Northeast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza returns to the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington MA Saturday and Sunday Dec. 5 & 6, 2015 with a line-up of family fun including Celebrity guests, K!DZ Activities, Cosplay, Video Games and Holiday Shopping.

As a special event offering the largest selection of Collectibles, Geek Crafts, Comics, Toys, Comic Art and Pop Culture Artifacts for sale in New England, this show has become the Holiday Shopping show for Nerds and the people who love them.  Everything a Fan or Collector could possibly want, that you could not find anywhere else, is displayed on over 300 tables from vendors travelling from 10 states.

Comic books are a main stay of any comic con, but at the Collectibles Extravaganza there will also be action figures, die-cast, vintage and antique toys, along with records, magazines, posters, trading cards, books and autographs.

Featured celebrity cast reunion this year will be the kids from “A Christmas Story,” the 1983 film classic shown on TV constantly from Thanksgiving thru Christmas, detailing the nostalgic story of a group of friends revolving around a Red Ryder BB gun and a suburban family during the holidays. Zack Ward (Scut Farkus), Scott Schwartz (Flick), Ian Petrella (Randy) and Yano Anaya (Grover Dill) will be appearing to sign autographs and offering photo ops, including a re-created set from the movie featuring Santa Claus (Sal Lizard).

Also appearing will be Marta Kristen and Mark Goddard of the 1965 TV series “Lost In Space” celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary, along with full size replicas of the “Lost In Space” Robot and the Robinson family’s Chariot.

Artists guest of honor is George Perez, a legend in Marvel and DC comic history, who will be sketching and signing.

Added guests include “Mighty Morphin Power RangersCatherine Sutherland (Pink Ranger) and Nakia Burrise (Yellow Ranger), “Spider-Man” Comics cover artist Joe St. Pierre, “Guardians of the Galaxy” comic artist Joe Caramagna, “The Little Mermaid” artist Philo Barnhart, “Archie” comic artist Alex Simmons and Muppet puppeteer Noel MacNeal.

A special Voice Actors Workshop offers people interested in how to be a voice actor a first hand look a careers in voice acting led by 3 veterans of “Sonic Boom,” TV and video games, Mike Pollock, Cindy Robinson and Bill Freiberger.

Lots more guests, attractions and artists will continue to be announced.

Tickets on sale HERE

Exhibitor Space available HERE

ZACK WARD

ZACK WARD

SCOTT SCHWARTZ

SCOTT SCHWARTZ

IAN PETRELLA

IAN PETRELLA

YANO ANAYA

YANO ANAYA

Cindy Robinson

Cindy Robinson

Bill Freiberger

Bill Freiberger

Mike Pollock

Mike Pollock

Nakia Burrise

Nakia Burrise

Catherine Sutherland

Catherine Sutherland

Marta Kristen

Marta Kristen

Mark Goddard

Mark Goddard

Noel MacNeal

Noel MacNeal

Alex Simmons

Alex Simmons

Joe St. Pierre

Joe St. Pierre

Joe Caramagna

Joe Caramagna

ToyConNJ Returns August 29 and 30, 2015

ToyConNJ 3 will take place later this month. Read their graphic press release for information on artists, vendors, etc.

ToyCon 2015 Press Release

Philadelphia Comic-Con Returns Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Greg LaRocque Flash

Press Release:

It is the return of the Philadelphia Comic-Con on Sunday August 9th.  This comic book convention is held at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center located at 76 Industrial Highway (Route 291) in Essington, PA 19029.  The hotel is conveniently located off of exit 9A from I-95. It is also close to I-76, I-476 and most bridges from New Jersey.  Show hours are 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is only $3 per person.  Students of any age (including college) are admitted free with a current id.   Parking is also free on premises.  For those of you that do not drive Septa Bus Route 37 stops directly in front of the hotel.

It is quite a site to behold with 60+ tables at the show in the 4,500 square foot ballroom of the hotel.  Dealers from 5 states setup there selling, buying and even trading with collectors. Thousands and thousands of comic books from the 1940’s to present day will be for sale at the show.  Also available will be collecting supplies, graphic novels, action figures, statues, non-sportcards, dvd’s and original artwork.  The show has become a fan favorite for years with people travelling up to 3 hours one way just to shop at the show.

Special guest artists this show are Greg Larocque (“The Flash”), Paris Cullins (“Blue Devil” “WWE Superstarz”) and Chris Campana (“Hyperkind” “Negative Burn”).

Any questions about the convention can be sent to derekwoywood@gmail.com or we can be reached by phone at 856-217-5737.  Fans can also check us out on the web at www.philadelphiacomic-con.com.      Or on facebook.com/PhiladelphiaComicCon.

Valiant Announces New Series of Dates for Their 25th Anniversary Convention Tour

Valiant 2015

Press Release:

The Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour Adds New Dates for Summer and Beyond – Beginning at StocktonCon 2015!

After smash-hit appearances at more than a dozen conventions across North America, Valiant’s silver anniversary celebration is about to get even bigger with an all-new wave of dates coming soon to a city near you!

Valiant is proud to announce an all-new series of dates for the Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour – extending Valiant’s year-long celebration of 25 years of the largest independent universe in comics with new appearances in cities across the country! Kicking off at StocktonCon 2015 in Stockton, CA on August 8th, the next leg of Valiant’s comic book roadshow will be coming soon to fans at Alamo City Comic Con 2015 in San Antonio, TX, Rose City Comic Con 2015 in Portland,OR, Baltimore Comic Con 2015 in Baltimore, MD, and New York Comic Con 2015 in New York,NY…with many more major appearances anywhere and everywhere in between!

With exclusive convention-only swag and giveaways, creator signings, panels and programming, and more, get the inside track on what’s next for Valiant’s award-winning superhero universe at a convention near you! From DIVINITY to BOOK OF DEATH and BLOODSHOT REBORN to WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR, Valiant is bringing its biggest, best and brightest to fans across the country, beginning this August:

Saturday, August 8th – Sunday, August 9th:
StocktonCon

Stockton Arena
Stockton, CA

Friday, September 11th – Sunday, September 13th:
Alamo City Comic Con

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX

Saturday, September 19th – Sunday, September 20th:
Rose City Comic Con

Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR

Friday, September 25th – Sunday, September 27th:
Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD

Saturday, October 3rd – Sunday, October 4th:
Alternative Press Expo

San Jose Convention Center
San Jose, CA

Thursday, October 8th – Sunday, October 11th:
New York Comic Con

Javits Convention Center
New York, NY

Saturday, October 17th – Sunday, October 18th:
Buffalo Comicon

The Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
Buffalo, NY

Saturday, October 24th
Pittsburgh Comic & Collectibles Show

New Dimension Comics
Pittsburgh, PA

Friday, November 13th – Sunday, November 15th:
NC Comicon
Durham Convention Center
Durham, NC

Saturday, November 21st – Sunday, November 22nd:
New Jersey Comic Expo

New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
New Jersey, NJ

The second leg of the Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour officially kicks off next week at StocktonCon 2015 in Stockton, CA – and we’re bringing a boatload of giveaways and merchandise to kick things off! From Saturday, August 8th through Sunday, August 9th, join Valiant at Booth #45/46 inside the Stockton Arena and find out why Valiant is the best reviewed publisher in comics today with a complete collection of volume one trade paperbacks – each intro-priced at just $9.99!

Check out Valiant’s acclaimed ongoing and limited series with trade paperback collections from the most nominated publisher of the 2015 Harvey Awards with nominated titles including THE VALIANTand THE DEATH-DEFYING DOCTOR MIRAGE. Plus, jump on board Valiant’s latest sold-out series with BOOK OF DEATH, DIVINITY, BLOODSHOT REBORN, and more – available at the Valiant booth all weekend long.

The Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour rides again this August at StocktonCon 2015! Visit ValiantUniverse.com for more details and dates as Valiant’s silver anniversary celebration continues!

For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblr, and at ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

Inaugural 3 Rivers Comicon Announced for Pittsburgh in May 2016

3 Rivers Comicon logo

Press Release:

New Dimension Comics owner Todd McDevitt is pleased to announce the first annual 3 Rivers Comicon, coming to Pittsburgh on May 21st & 22nd, 2016 featuring comic book vendors, artists, gaming, and attractions.

“Every major city has a comicon and I want to bring that excitement to Pittsburgh”, says McDevitt.  “In my 29 years in the comic business, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with almost all of the regional talent at one time or another. I can’t wait to bring them all together for one spectacular occasion.”

McDevitt wants to offer special thanks to artist DJ Coffman (https://www.facebook.com/djcoffmanart/photos_stream)  for the spectacular design of the conventions logo.  “I knew DJ would do a great job when tasked with this important element of our new undertaking and his design blew me away.”

The event will be held at the Century 3 Mall. “We will host this convention in a great space that is larger than most event venues in the city”, says McDevitt.

Details will take shape in the coming months on featured guests, vending, programing, tickets and special events.  “All the pieces are coming together quickly, but I wanted to get the plan announced as soon as possible a sort of “save the date” notice.”, says McDevitt.  “No one will want to miss this!”

Curious fans are encouraged to sign up for details at www.3riverscomicon.com; and follow us on Facebook at 3 Rivers Comicon, Twitter @3riverscomicon, and Instagram at 3riverscomicon.

Support from the veterans of the comic book convention community include these endorsements:

“I have fond memories of comic conventions in Pittsburgh.  It’s been quite a while since I’ve been excited to attend one there.  I know Todd is a comic book guy and that he plans to host a COMIC BOOK centered show.  I applaud the plan and will aid and support him in every way I can.  Look for HEROES in Pittsburgh soon!”

–Shelton Drum, Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find, Heroes Convention, Charlotte, NC

 

“Pittsburgh has a great history for comic collectors and deserves a large convention. Todd has been a good friend for decades and I’m sure he will be a great promoter for a convention just as he has been for his retail stores. I’ll be there for sure with all my best efforts to help it succeed.”   -Marc Nathan, Promoter of Baltimore Comicon

 

“With five successful comic shops in the Pittsburgh area and several one day comic shows Todd McDevitt is poised to fill the void left by the demise of the Pittsburgh Comic Convention.”  -Bill Thade, Promoter if the Gem City Comicon

 

More on Comicons : Comicons are comic book conventions held annually around the world. These conventions feature comic vendors as well as top comic book artists. Fans in attendance can purchase comics and merchandise as well as getting their own items signed by their favorite artists.

More on New Dimension Comics : Starting his business in 1986 as a high school student, Todd McDevitt now owns and operates 5 comic book stores in the Pittsburgh region with locations in Ellwood City, Butler in Clearview Mall, Century 3 Mall in West Mifflin, and Pittsburgh Mills Mall in Tarentum.

 

CONtv Launches Original Series ‘Comic Book America with Mike Carbonaro’

Comic Book America Mike Carbo
Press Release:

CONtv Launches Original Series ‘Comic Book America with Mike Carbonaro’

Mini-Series Features Pop Culture Expert As He Seeks Out Collectibles Across The Globe; Four Episodes Now Available On Digital Entertainment Network

LOS ANGELES, July 23, 2015
– Pop Culture and Comics guru and Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) favorite Mike Carbonaro travels near and far in search of the best books, toys and memorabilia in CONtv’s newest original series, Comic Book America with Mike Carbonaro.

The mini-series debuted this week on CONtv (http://www.contv.com), where fans can catch up with Mike “Carbo” Carbonaro as he locates comic books, vintage playsets, classic artwork, and sports memorabilia in the first four episodes. CONtv director of programming, Nash Herrington, produces the series.

The show features the enthusiastic Carbonaro as he highlights some of the more unique and interesting collections he’s come across, such as one man’s Doctor Strange collection, classic Joe Palooka, Flintstone playsets, and others. Also, fans can play along at home while they watch by using social media to tell what they would pay for the items that Carbonaro buys in the show.

The highlight of the show is the host himself. An enterprising and successful entrepreneur, Carbonaro began buying and selling comics at age 10. At age 13, Carbonaro set up at his very first comic convention. Later, from 1981 to 1997, he ran his own very successful comic book store, Continental Comics, in Queens, N.Y. In 1996, Carbonaro began the very first Big Apple Convention at St. Paul the Apostle church on 58th St. and Columbus in Manhattan; 12 years later it was the most successful privately owned comic convention in New York City. “Carbo” is currently working as a buyer for Dave & Adam’s Cardworld (also seen at many Wizard World shows) and doing what he loves—buying comic and pop culture collections from around the world.

“’Carbo’ is a fixture at Wizard World shows and one of the most knowledgeable, entertaining figures in the collectibles world,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “His enthusiasm, well known to thousands who have attended our events, comes through loud and clear in this fun, informative series that Wizard World fans will love.”

Catering to the enormous and avid Comic Con audience, CONtv currently boasts 2,500 hours of original programming, curated films and TV episodes, and exclusive Comic Con panel coverage from dozens of annual nationwide conventions, with new panel programming added weekly as additional conventions take place.  Spanning star studded panels with pop culture heroes such as William Shatner (“Star Trek”), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead, the forthcoming series “Ash vs Evil Dead”), to the best in cosplay, creator workshops, Con after hours events, and more, CONtv is the only service to offer Comic Con event coverage alongside premium feature film, television, and original programming.

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About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)
Wizard World, Inc. (http://www.wizardworld.com) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™, a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

The 2015 Wizard World Comic Con schedule is available at: www.wizardworld.com/wizcon.html.

About CONtv
CONtv is a new digital entertainment network devoted exclusively to the fanspace that provides audiences access to thousands of hours of content showcasing an original slate of programming, as well as an eclectic catalog of over 1,200 must-watch titles. Everything from quirky original series, elusive cult films & television shows, celebrated genre movies encompassing sci-fi, horror, fantasy, anime, grindhouse, martial arts action, to exclusive live coverage of Comic Con events nationwide, all available on-demand either in a free, ad-supported format or a subscription-based model for premium content. CONtv is a partnership of Cinedigm, one of the nation’s largest independent distributor of digital entertainment, and Wizard World, producers of the largest Comic Con Tour in the U.S. Together, they provide an unrivalled hub of content, community and conventions across the broad spectrum of devices including Android and Mac iOS, Samsung Smart TV, Roku Players and Roku TV, the web, and mobile and tablet devices. For more information, visit CONtv.com.

About Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM)
Cinedigm is a leading independent content distributor in the United States, with direct relationships with thousands of physical retail storefronts and digital platforms, including Wal-Mart, Target, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, as well as the national Video on Demand platform on cable television. The company’s library of films and TV episodes encompasses award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen Indies from Flatiron Film Company®, acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Films and a wide range of content from brand name suppliers, including National Geographic, Discovery, Scholastic, NFL, Shout Factory, Hallmark, Jim Henson and more.

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